The Nature of Investing: Resilient Investment Strategies Through Biomimicry
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The Nature of Investing: Resilient Investment Strategies Through Biomimicry Katherine Collins

8/21/2014
When: Tuesday, August 19
From 11:30 AM until 1:00 PM
Where: Macy's Oak Grill
700 Nicollet Mall
12th Floor
Minneapolis, Minnesota  55402
United States
Presenter: Katherine Collins
Contact: Amanda Houle
612-317-2889


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In her new book, THE NATURE OF INVESTING: Resilient Investment Strategies Through Biomimicry, Katherine Collins examines how the original intent of investing – a vital part of our social ecosystem, based on exchange and mutual benefit – is now often overshadowed by the ever-more mechanized iterations of finance. In our quest to conquer risk, we have ignored uncertainty, the “unknown unknowns,” relying less and less on human judgment and more and more on the digital tools and algorithms that now dominate the market.
 
Collins favors an approach that uses nature as its model instead of engineering. She calls for a reconnection of investing to the world it was meant to serve, reintroducing human judgment, creativity, and values into the equation. Combining real-world finance with the framework of biomimicry creates a more resilient investing ecosystem, based on the interdependent, timeless principles that guide natural systems.

About the Speaker:

Katherine Collins is Founder and CEO of Honeybee Capital, pollinating ideas that reconnect investing with the real world.  She is author of the book, The Nature of Investing:  Resilient Investment Strategies through Biomimicry.

Katherine has over twenty years of professional investment experience.  At Fidelity Management & Research Company, she served as portfolio manager for a number of multi-billion dollar equity funds and as head of equity research, leading one of the largest buy-side research teams in the world.  Every fund that Katherine managed outperformed its benchmark during her tenure.

As her interest in sustainable and regenerative finance grew, Katherine set out to re-integrate her investment philosophy with the broader world, traveling as a pilgrim and volunteer, earning her MTS degree at Harvard Divinity School, and studying the natural world and biomimicry as guides for investing in a more integrated way, beneficial to our communities and our planet.

Katherine serves in numerous board and advisory positions with groups such as Wellesley College and its Business Leadership Council, the Biomimicry Group, Harvard Divinity School Dean’s Council, the Santa Fe Institute, Last Mile Health, Sustainable America, Sprout Lenders, BELLE Capital USA, Ethical Markets Media, and Criterion Institute.

She is an alumna of HDS and Wellesley College, and is a CFA charter holder.  Her newest neighbors in Massachusetts are several thousand honeybees.